New ‘Opening Up America Again’ Phased Reopening Strategy is First Step to Reopening Domestic Disney Parks & Resorts
It was just announced that United States will begin reopening states and regions around the country in phases in what is being called the “Opening Up America Again” guidelines. There will be three phases of reopening and certain criteria must be met before the reopening process can begin. Each individual state/region can can begin in whichever phase is best for them beginning on May 1, 2020. This gives us some path as to when we can expect Walt Disney World and Disneyland to reopen.
First off, states who are looking to reopen will have to meet the following criteria in the “Opening of American Again” guidelines:
Once those criteria are met, each state/region can begin opening in one of the following phases. Each phase has criteria for individuals, employers, and special types of employers.
Phase One of the “Opening Up America Again” guidelines would pertain to states/regions where the COVID-19 outbreak is still widespread and not yet under control. This Phase is the most restrictive and close to what most Americans are already experiencing such as continuing to shelter in place and limit gatherings to 10 people or less. Specifically to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Phase One states that “large venues can operate under strict physical distancing protocols.” This Phase also states to minimize non-essential travel and adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation following travel.
In Phase Two of the “Opening Up America Again,” all vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place. However, non-essential travel can resume. Large venues can “operate under moderate physical distancing protocols.”
Finally, in Phase Three of the “Opening Up America Again,” vulnerable individuals can resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing. It also notes that low-risk populations should consider minimizing time spent in crowded environments. Pertaining to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, large venues can operate under limited physical distancing protocols.
The “Opening Up America Again” guidelines can be applied to states/regions as early as tomorrow if the initial criteria is met. It will be up to the governor of each state to decide when to start the reopening process and what phase to begin the reopening. It is unknown at this time what phase Florida (Walt Disney World) and California (Disneyland) will reopen and what their reopening will look like. Will masks be required? What social distancing measures will be in place? All of that is still up in the air but make sure to keep it here with MickeyBlog.com for all of the latest!
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